Policies & Procedures
STUDIO ETIQUETTE AND GUIDELINES
- Dancers will remain quiet while in the hallway and in the building before and after class. We share the building with other businesses; please remember this when waiting with your child and their siblings before and during class.
- Dancers arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be admitted to class unless the instructor is notified ahead of time. Group warm ups are critical to a dancers progress.
- Please allow for appropriate restroom use prior to class. All students are encouraged to stay in the dance studio room once class has begun. Very young children will be treated sensitively as the need arises. Preschool children may need a parent’s attention from time to time for various reasons including bathroom or behavior issues. Please be available (or have another parent available) in the lobby area if you think these issues may arise.
DPA runs four 8 week sessions per year and one 5 week session. Payment is due in full during registration week, one week before the next session begins (see calendar). Tuition is due for the entire session to ensure your child’s spot in class. Accounts being billed on a monthly basis will automatically be set to Auto-pay, using the credit card provided upon registration. Auto-pay accounts are processed on the first business day of every month. A $30 late fee will be added if tuition is not paid after the first 2 weeks of the session. We do not bill unless your account becomes delinquent.
Please set up your payment plan upon registration.
NEW: Recital fees will be automatically included for all payments September-December. $20 per month or $40 per session.
COSTUME AND RECITAL FEE
Recital fees are now included in your fall and winter tuition. These fees cover the cost of your child’s costume, shipping, and administrative planning for our end of the year recital/production. Each additional class/costume will require a $50 fee. A recital commitment form must be filled out prior to our ordering of costumes. Following January 1st, there will be a $20 late for all costume charges not paid in full. If you plan to drop from a class before this time, please let us know. (See ADDING/DROPPING a class). There are no recital fees for Winter Performances*
Performance Division may have additional costume fees.
WINTER AND SPRING RECITAL
Duvall Performing Arts does an annual Spring Recital, and depending upon the year, a Winter Showcase/Performance. Our performances are done at Cedarcrest High School Auditorium. Recital tickets are purchased at DPA and through Brown Paper tickets and range between $10 and $15 per ticket. Due to the number of dancers and classes in our program, we split up our recitals. DPA does it’s best to ensure that siblings are in the same recital, but this cannot be guaranteed. Families with multiple siblings enrolled in the program will still be responsible for paying the regular ticket amount. (no discounts for families in multiple performances).
MULTIPLE CLASS/FAMILY DISCOUNTS
Dancers will receive 10% off two sessions/classes and 15% off three or more sessions/classes. Only sessions paid in full receive the family discount. No discounts on pro-rated tuition.
Your first lesson to DPA is free. If you choose to enroll for that class, your tuition will be prorated to the remainder of the session. If you choose not to enroll in that class, your trial is free.
ADDING OR DROPPING A CLASS
DPA has a Class Change form located at the front desk for adding, dropping, changing or doing a trial class during the school year. Until you submit your completed form to the office staff, we will assume you plan to attend and you will be responsible for paying for those classes (and costumes). Telling your teacher verbally is NOT sufficient. This form needs to be reviewed and approved by the office staff. WE CANNOT BE FLEXIBLE ON THIS POLICY. This ensures that we can get things organized for recital.
CLASS MAKE UPS
Regular attendance in class is encouraged to ensure student progress. If a class is missed, students are encouraged to make up the absence in a class of similar age and level. Please visit the Front Desk to pick up a printed schedule to view your make-up options, or visit schedule tab of our website to see an online list of all our classes. Students who continually miss class may not be eligible to participate in our Spring Recital, as the students learn new choreography each week and it is easy to fall behind when attendance is inconsistent.
CURRENT EVENTS AND NEWS
DPA newsletters and events will be emailed regularly. Handouts, studio notices, schedules and upcoming events may be posted in the lobby of the studio. Parents may also refer to this communication board for any missed handouts that may have been distributed during a class when a student was absent. It is the responsibility of each student or parent to check their email accounts and website on regular basis. We will be updating our website regularly for information regarding workshops, recitals and events. It is up to the parent to notify DPA of any address, phone or email changes.
Students will be placed in the appropriate classes based on age and ability at the end of the of the dance season. Teachers will place students at the end of the dance season (June) for the following year. You will receive a student placement letter after recital.
DPA follows the Riverview School District for all weather related closures. Please check the RSD website for these updates.
Refund policies for our regular school year sessions are as follows: A student is considered enrolled until we receive a filled out CLASS CHANGE/DROP FORM (located in the office). Date of form will be the date received by our office, not the date student stops attending class. Registration fees and costume deposits/fees are not refunded.
Our tuition refund schedule is as follows
Prior to first lesson or trial lesson– 100% refund. After the first lesson we offer partial refunds and the prorated balance to remain as a credit on account to be used toward future classes.
Refund/Credit schedule is as follows
- Withdrawal after the first week – 50% refund.
- Withdrawal after the second week – 10% refund.
- Withdrawal after the third week – No refund.
NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN AFTER THE FIRST 3 WEEKS OF CLASSES FOR ANY REASON, but unused tuition will be prorated and issued in the form of an account credit toward future dance classes (not merchandise).
**Additionally, there are no refunds or credits given for individual classes cancelled due to unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances such as inclement weather, teacher illness, studio maintenance emergencies (such as plumbing, flooding, electrical, etc.). (**Please see section “Studio Closures).
DPA does it’s best to make up any lessons lost due to inclement weather or teacher illnesses.
Studio time and availability are factors when making up lessons lost due to the reasons above.